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Maryland Basketball 2016-2017

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I'm looking forward to the new season. Hoping Melo gets back to his freshmen self and forgets about that sophomore year. Excited to see all the new guys and see how well they gel. Huerter is supposed to be lights out from the three. Want to see if Brantley and Nickens have improved. Praying that Dodd's hands have softened up and he's actually ready for the ball in the paint. 

 

Maybe since the expectations aren't so high this year we'll fly under the radar a little bit. 

 

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I think they'll be in the mix in the B1G, maybe finish 3rd or 4th, and be a fringe Top 25 team.  They should get better towards the end of the season, and they should get a 3rd consecutive NCAA berth.  A LOT hinges on Melo returning to form though.

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I think they'll be in the mix in the B1G, maybe finish 3rd or 4th, and be a fringe Top 25 team.  They should get better towards the end of the season, and they should get a 3rd consecutive NCAA berth.  A LOT hinges on Melo returning to form though.

Melo, by all reports, has lost weight which has increased his quickness and leaping ability.  He'll also be able to play off the ball with FR Anthony Cowan at the point.  Cowan has been said to have forced Melo and Jaylen Brantley to improve on their ball handling due to his defensive quickness.  I think this season's team will be a more cohesive unit than last year's squad.  Kevin Huerter, Ivan Bender and Justin Jackson will surprise, IMO.  Based on the word that's coming out of practice I think the starting lineup should be Cowan at the point, Melo at the 2, Dodd in the middle (until Checko is healthy), Gill at one forward and Huerter at the other with Bender as 6th man.  Bender's said to be the best passing Terps big man since Len Elmore.  The second unit would consist of Brantley, Wiley, Checko, Jackson and Nickens. 6-9 FR forwards Joshua Tomaic and Micah Thomas may only see the court in blowouts this year. 

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I cant put my finger on it, but for whatever reason I feel a little more excited for this season than I did the last.  I like the young talent Turgeon has brought in - and am perfectly willing to let it gel over the course of the year.

 

Guru - you really hearing that Cowan will start at the point?  I'm surprised to hear that, as I figured he'd be Melo's primary backup and also get some time at PG with Melo at the 2.  But, I'm not at practice every day and will trust that Turg and his staff know what they are doing.  Re: Cowan - i watched him play a few times last year for SJC - he single-handedly killed DM in one game - and looking forward to the speed, defense and scoring ability he brings to UMD.

 

Go Terps!

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Ranked #21 in USA Today, #25 in AP.  Seems about right to me.

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I cant put my finger on it, but for whatever reason I feel a little more excited for this season than I did the last.  I like the young talent Turgeon has brought in - and am perfectly willing to let it gel over the course of the year.

 

Guru - you really hearing that Cowan will start at the point?  I'm surprised to hear that, as I figured he'd be Melo's primary backup and also get some time at PG with Melo at the 2.  But, I'm not at practice every day and will trust that Turg and his staff know what they are doing.  Re: Cowan - i watched him play a few times last year for SJC - he single-handedly killed DM in one game - and looking forward to the speed, defense and scoring ability he brings to UMD.

 

Go Terps!

Melo always seemed more like a natural 2 to me. Could be really good for the team.

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These young guys are good now, in two years they're going to be a powerhouse.

 

There is definitely some talent, but their offense is sort of a mess at the moment.  Turgeon still trying to figure out how he wants to run it with all of these new parts.  They are getting their mettle tested though in some tight games.  Getting Chekovsky back is huge though, but he's gotta learn to stay out of foul trouble.  He could be a real force inside this year if he can manage that...he's a great defender and with that size should be able to help build and inside out game.  Gill and Dodd need to play(shoot) better. 

 

Trimble though, has been a beast since the start of the season.  It's clear now that last year his injuries really hampered him.  This is probably his last year, so I hope that the new parts gel enough by March that they can make a run.

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I goto 6-10 games a year. I had tickets to Towson, but I gave those to my nephew. I am going to the Oklahoma St game on December 3rd.

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Terps getting spanked early by Pitt .....

 

Cut it from down 26 in second half to 15 with 8 left .....

 

Tough row to hoe but playing hard ....

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Kind of one of those games that despite losing, it'll help them later on.  First half, couldn't get anything to fall.  Second half, furious run to cut it to 8 and then went cold again in last couple of minutes.  You can see the potential of the freshmen though, this team will get better as the year goes on. 

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This team finds a way to win in the end.  OKST has a good team.  This was a fun one to watch.

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I thought that had that one lost. Amazing comeback. What would happen if these guys starting hitting some shots and didn't have to come back every time?

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I thought that had that one lost. Amazing comeback. What would happen if these guys starting hitting some shots and didn't have to come back every time?

I am hoping this bunch clicks once conference play starts. I really think they will.

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The Terps are 126-1 to win the NCAA championship.  Is it worth the investment to wager 5 dollars on them?

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That was a very sloppy last couple of minutes today.  The Terps owned the first half.

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Pissed that game away .....

 

Corn huskers end on 14 0 run to win by 2 and terps didn't score from field for 5 or 6 minutes .....

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For some reason, I can't get into Big Ten basketball. Never did like it.

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For some reason, I can't get into Big Ten basketball. Never did like it.

Thanks for your input .....

 

Take care now .....

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